Inspiration from the Garden


You don’t need to be a gardener to find amazing beauty as spring arrives :). A very fun small art quilt can be created by starting with a photo, then turning to your favorite app to turn it into an illustration:

Begin by considering the background fabric…in this case, a grey batik that had a little help (once you’ve taken a class with Judy Coates Perez, you will not be able to resist adding a little paint…😊)

Then, pull out those pre-fused scraps you’ve been saving from other projects:

Begin with some greenery:

Then sprinkle the petals:

Ready for thread selection (one of my favorite parts):

For a three-dimensional effect, choose wool batting…then ‘carve’ the stones with stitching:

And pull out the fabric inks for more depth:

And leave the flower petals partially un-fused:

Bind and you’re done!


Published by neonkittyquilts

Laurie is a fiber artist who combines her passion for animals and quilting by producing pet portraits though a technique she calls "Pet-lique." A frequent teacher at IQF's Open Studios and The City Quilter in NYC, she has been published in Quilting Arts magazine and The Canadian Quilter. Her art quilts have been juried into special exhibits in Houston and the National Juried Show of the CQA. She sits on the board of the Quilt Alliance and is an enthusiastic member of SAQA. Laurie lives in NYC and Connecticut with her husband, their two angelic German Shepherds and three mischievous felines.

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